This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks Vol. 12
Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Scarlet Begonias, Black Throated Wind, Row Jimmy, Mexicali Blues, Deal, The Race is On, Mississippi Half Step, El Paso, Ship of Fools, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> It Must U.S. Blues, Me & My Uncle, Jam-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Beer Barrel Polka-> Truckin'-> The Other One-> Spanish Jam-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Eyes Of The World
MSR > Reel > 4xDAT > CDR (HHB CDR-850) > SHN (EACx2); seeded by J.
Oleynick; note original d1 contains some static blemishes from 'River through
Row Jimmy; fixed d1 provided by S. Agan, 2/28, with different source info:
SBD> MR> C> DAT> CDR; note most of set II is available as Dick's 12- go
June '74 has a motherlode of great material, even if the shows were up and down overall, but this is probably the best show of the month (though not the year - that's probably 8/6/74 and a couple others). And it sounds good, even if the Wall of Sound didn't record well or allow a board setup that lent well to 2-track. The Dunkin' Donut was still a new venue at the time.
Most of the second set was released on Dick's Picks #12. However, GDP being shy at the time of releasing two versions of one song (since the release was shared with 6/28), most of the good stuff from this show went missing.
There's a giganto 1st set and, though uneven, Phil is bouncy and the board renders his notes (rather than thuds). Keith is in a brilliant, boogie-woogie mood. The start of the second set has messy levels and basically starts with two encores, then turns to lots of jammy/goofin-off sections. Perfection mixed with total floundering. Would we expect any less? DP12 went with the second sets instead of cherry-picking and ended up a less-than-satisfactory listen.
1st Set. In Big River, Jer slaps one down with cool rhythm figures against Bobby. Brown-eyed is stellar with Jer already spittin' out fills left and right. One of the greatest examples, it's just bizarre it's not on DP12. Jer is everywhere on Beat it on Down-6. Check out where he plays just behind the beat to signal taking another measure. Scarlet was still a new song and very bouncy, but honestly, '74 has few great Scarlets. Check Keith playing his Rhodes for a great Row Jimmy. Not the usual timbres and tones and Donna is even great. Mexicali is tight and expressive. Deal is a flat run-through and the band is a little off for a few until Jer makes up by laying El Paso from a few unique fret positions. The set ends with a massive peak. Check Billy's tom rolls on Weather Report which rolls into a mag Let it Grow. Even after that they came back with a sweet Musta Been Roses. Sounds like Jer wanted another. Though it worked with one drummer, it's a real '74 song and this one is up there with 11/04/77.
2nd Set. The first couple minutes are missing from US Blues, but that's what the Jerry Moore AUD is for. It's a fool's errand to pick one ultimate Me & My Uncle from '74 but danged if this isn't better than 8/05 and 9/10. A tuning evolves into a Jam into a decent-enough China Cat that starts, goes back to the jam, back to the verses. Unique, but not completely pulled off. The tranny into Rider has a Feelin' Groovy jam (mislabeled by Dick as a Mind-Left-Body), followed by interesting figures (actually the same as used by Jimmy Page) in what is still a lopsided version. Everything then whips together for a major Truckin. The song is so much better when its uptempo (Jer doing the Beer Barrel finger exercise first taught me to do the same). The momentum carries into a great The Other One where Phil first finds himself alone with rubbery chords. Jer takes it all into a Spanish Jam for fifteen freaking minutes! And with a risky TOO weave, they let it breathe out. Jer trawls for Wharf Rat a few times until Phil bites, but Keith makes it win. Sugar Mag is a near train wreck which may be why there's an Eyes encore that's given all. It's the typical '74 jazz stylee Eyes but tight as fuck.
1st Set: A-
2nd Set: B
Overall = 4 1/2 Stars
Brown Eyed Women - maybe 74's best
Beat it on Down the Line-6
Row Jimmy - keith brilliant
Weather Report>Let It Grow maybe even better than 9/10
It Must Have Been the Roses - rarely this good
Me & My Uncle - has cracked jaw verse
Truckin'> - uptempo, stellar, on DP12
Other One - from full stop, on DP12
Eyes of the World - perfect stand-alone, on DP12
This Oleynick board + the Moore AUD for US Blues.
September 10, 2010 Subject:
of course the 28th is better, considering it contains the greatest Dead jam of all time, but this show is almost as good. the DP 12 2nd set excerpt is great from start to finish. china>rider is the longest ever as far as I know, and of course, epically jammed. the Spanish jam is super long too, the truckin' and sugar mags are extra spicy, with a side of jalapenos. and how are you gonna beat a eyes encore that also happens to be one of the finest these ears have ever heard? you can't. just find this anyway you can!
February 26, 2010 Subject:
Exellent! I've got this whole show soundboard. I don't know if it's this recording but it has nice sound. I tried to email it to the person below me but it won't take.
March 21, 2009 Subject:
a head in need
this second set is amazing. i recently got dicks picks 12 and it hasnt left my cd player, if anyone has a copy of this SBD and would like to trade please email me, i really would love to have this version for the first set. all is help greatly appreciated. peace
April 8, 2006 Subject:
Grateful for gdlive.com
The other site still has the SBD for download. It sounds good, but the overall sound is not quite as good as other SBDs. A good show worth listening to and DL for the long China intro, Spanish jam, and other good stuff.
April 8, 2005 Subject:
Where are the Dick's Picks 12 leftovers????!!!!
July 12, 2004 Subject:
I was lucky enough to get a SBD of the whole show before Dick released it and chopped it up (I love you Dick!) Go buy this one, it's a scorcher! Of the two nights, 6/26 and 6/28, this one is a little stronger. The Other One>Spanish Jam shows why 1974 is the favorite year for many. Hey,and the Eyes encore is also very strong. One of the more enegetic shows for 1974. Go get Dick's Picks #12 the best of his 74 releases.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
June 3, 2004 Subject:
China Cat Prelude
Not sure (yet) how this version compares to the AUD here in the archive, but the performance is unique and compelling. After the band hits the first familiar notes of China Cat, they decide to go into an extended jam, instead of the song. It is several minutes before Garcia gets around to "Look, for awhile...." When they finally get around to the verse, you can't help but smile. Only wish they had tried to do this more often.
Truckin' is snappy. At the end, we are treated to a short, heavy metal solo from Phil (I kid you not) and a 747-size rumbling intro to The Other One. Exciting stuff.